On this day in history (4.18.01) Jalen Rose became the first Pacer with a 20/20(asts) game
If you are over 30 then you probably think of the Fab Five when you see Jalen Rose. If you are under 20 then you probably think of Grantland and Bill Simmons. In between those stages, there was a very underrated 16 year NBA career. He was especially underrated during his final seasons with the Pacers and time with the Bulls before going to the Raptors where most just remember him getting lit up for 81 by Kobe.
The example of his talents that I’m picking out today happened on this day, April 18th, back in 2001 while he was with the Indiana Pacers. It was the final game of the season and Rose lit up the Cavs for 22 points and a career high 20 assists. The assists total was a single game record for the franchise and he also became the first player in franchise history to record a 20/20 game with assists.
What made this game even more rare is his teammate Jermaine O’Neal had 30 points and 20 rebounds.
Here’s a few other game stats from that season just to let you know it wasn’t one of those last days of the season fluke games.
- 39pts 11rebs 9asts vs Rockets
- 35pts 12asts vs Wizards
- 35pts 7asts vs Cavs
- 29pts 7rebs 7asts vs TWolves
- 21pts 12asts 9rebs vs Jazz
- 42pts 6rebs 4asts vs Raptors
I wish I had video of Rose’s 20/20 game but I don’t so hopefully this duel with Vince Carter will do.